Auckland Cluster Network

Auckland Cluster Network Meeting These meetings combined are with other Auckland clusters and NSSF Nick Rate. All content, delivery methodologies and outcomes will be discussed with cluster prior to the meeting, so that we are clear on purpose and intended audience. Last year several lead teachers attended and found some content was not applicable to them. Information will be accessible @

Network Meeting #1

Thursday 22 April 2010
Venue: Willowbank School (Eastern Block Elearning cluster).
Time: 10.00am to 2.30 pm
BTG Attendance: Margaret Palmer (Lead School Principal), Judy Elliott (Cluster Administrator), Julie Mills (Hooked on Thinking Director/Facilitator), Glenis Martin (Hooked on Thinking Facilitator)


A very informative day, especially for someone who is a first time facilitator.
I not only got to meet the National facilitators: Suzie Vesper, Nick Rate and Tessa Gray but I also got to meet the other ICT facilitators from Auckland.

The following was covered:

Glenis Martin
Hooked-on-Thinking Facilitator
5 May 2010

Links to resources from this meeting.

Digistore and Software for learning
Looking at effective milestone reports and the template
Combination of 2009 End of Year Survey results and ICT PD self-assessment rubric organised around the five national goals
Advice for directors and facilitators from those in those roles from the 2009 End of Year Survey
Ideas and resources shared from those at the meeting

Network Meeting #2

Thursday 16 September 2010

9:30am Coffee and morning tea available - chance for informal discussions
10:00am Quick introductions and 'Smackdown' idea sharing (see below for details)
10:45am Guest speaker Greg Adams promotes the INTERFACE magazine and talks about relevant ICT topics in NZ education.

11:15am Morning tea

11:30am Two interesting ICT in education case studies followed by discussion from the group

12:30pm Lunch

1:00pm - Admin session (whole group)
  • MS writing (any questions, queries, clarifications)
  • Programme Implementation and the importance of keeping that and the goals etc to the forefront for all schools concerned

1:30pm Admin session (whole group)

1:45pm Admin session (split into groups)

2:15 Quick evaluation and farewell (click on the image below to take you to a short survey)

2:30pm Meeting closes

Smackdown Sharing Session
This is actually a friendly event and doesn't involve any wrestling!
We will have a laptop set up connected to a projector and speakers. A representative from each cluster gets 2 minutes to share an idea. And to keep it sharp and lively we will only use the one laptop so we don't waste time plugging and unplugging. This means that all the resources you want to talk about need to be online so that we can click on a link and see it. This means you might need to give us the URL to:

  • a website
  • photo sharing site (Flickr/tweetphoto/MobileMe etc) where you upload the screen shots you create
  • wiki page you create
  • iTunes Store

These links will be aggregated on a Wall Wisher wall for future reference. This will be strictly timed - you will have no longer than the 2 minutes allocated. We look forward to getting a lot of ideas! Add your name and URL to the table below if you are going to be representing your cluster. If you don't have a place to upload to for sharing purposes, we have set up another page on this wiki that you can use to publish to if needed. The page is called Smackdown sharing session Sept 10

URL of what you are going to share
Eastern Block e-Learning

EBE Wiki
iPlus Project
Reading: Leading Schools in a Data Rich World
Arataki wiki

RAW cluster
Twin Coast cluster
Sue & Melinda and BOT wiki
Futures East cluster

Eastnet cluster
Belinda and

Three Kings ICT PD cluster

Bridging the Gap


Network Meeting #4

27 September 2011
BTG Attendance: Margaret Palmer (Lead School Principal).

Report (Chris Jager)

Auckland Cluster Network Meeting – 27.09.11
Venue: Epsom Girls Grammar School
Thanks expressed to EGGS for the venue and to Claire, in particular, for her organisation.
National Facilitators present: Chris Jager, Nick Rate, Anne Sturgess
10:15am Meeting and greeting
Cluster programme now part of the Blended eLearning project contracted to the Te Toi Tupu consortium – CORE + Cognition + Uni of Waikato + NZCER + Waikato Tainui

Uni of Auckland, Evaluation Associates & Learning Media are another consortium

2012 – new regional model – Regional Team Leaders
Warren Hall: South
Nick Rate: Central South
Diane Mills: Central North
Chris Jager: North
Hint for completing end of year milestone report (Nick Rate)
See notes in separate milestone template
Some things to consider:
Advisable not to sign for more than a 2 year contract with any ISPs. Don’t sign up to exclusive AOG pricing because you won’t get any customer service – just goods delivered. MoE has been trialing a National Education Network (NEN) – can connect schools directly – speed between them is 1000mgb – share resources etc easily. Proposal for a NEN is before Cabinet right now – chances of that happening are high.

11:00am Clusters sharing their successes:
EGGS – Claire Amos – check out the EGGS group in the VLN – LOTS of resources. Claire handed out a copy of their ‘Information Booklet’ for parents.

NorthGlen – Cluster only day – focus on cybersafety. Key notes invited in… fantastic: Martin Cocker from Netsafe – email invite and he came happily. He’s gold!! Brett Lee – didn’t bring him over, but got him via skype – two screeens, one with presentation that he’d emailed through (don’t do it the night before) and had Brett live on the other screen. Feedback from teachers has been fantastic. Workshops weren’t limited to that, but there were half a dozen workshops that were geared to some aspect of cybersafety. Built in time in subject areas.
Brett dealt with some common Facebook concerns . Heresearched NC students and put their pics up for people to see. Prepare our students for a world with only an illusion of privacy.

e-Wrapper: Collaboration between clusters (not just their schools) has been great – e.g. e-Wrapper & R@W clusters (Wendy Cave & Tracey Schumacher). Combined mini-conferences – the e-Wrapper conference was not a mini-conference – it was a fully fledged conference with a huge number of teachers present, gift-bags, catering, excellent presentations – brilliantly organised & informative.

R@W cluster: R@W Awards – idea taken from the Ngata Awards – involved all schools, parent involvement high, great success.

Futures East: e.g. provided to illustrate a shift in teacher thinking – assuming more responsibility for use of ICT as tools for learning – Katrina showed film created by a previously reluctant teacher.

Baradene/St Peters: e.g.s of cross-school learning and collaboration and of teachers engaging with ICT as tools for learning – teachers still tend to think they need to do this before they’re comfortable with using it with students. Good progress evident & wonderful to have experienced teachers involved.

Birkenhead/Rosmini: Kate shared e-learning around Thinking & other Key Competencies. Anne mentioned the Principal’s positive reaction when he saw Rosmini students using netbooks for learning in a Geography class – best way to get ‘buy in’ from SMT. – lots of ideas on conference topics – lovely!! Sue

Mt Roskill GS – Michael with sophie J Wonderful to hear success stories and to see evidence of students engaging so readily online – Katrina shared her experience oc

12:15 The NZ e-Learning Planning Format (eLPF)
A chance for a sneak preview of a draft of New Zealand’s e-Learning Planning Format (eLPF) – intended to be a self review tool which provides a framework for school leaders and teachers to identify gaps and strengths.
e-Learning Planning Framework – google J in the VLN. Please provide feedback to the developers if you use the eLPF. Contact your national facilitator if you want to know more or would like their involvement in the process.

1:45pm e-Learning trends – Anne Sturgess
What are the trends that might influence the way e-Learning is delivered in the future?

  • Wireless, seamless, individual device + personalised devices loaded with material relevant to that student’s learning needs and abilities = personalised learning (differentiation). Better able to match the learning to each student’s needs – teacher will have more time to focus on other aspects such as building relationships, social/emotional etc. More holistic.
  • Students will store their information in the Cloud – their personal e-portfolios will be available anytime, anywhere. Will have more choice over where and when they learn, complete assignments, etc.
  • Smart devices will have external keyboards (optional) and will be able to project (magnify) the content onto a wall or board – i.e. a data projector inside a device.
  • School – but not as we know it. Students will drive their own learning – teachers (if that’s the correct term) will be the ‘guide on the side’ & ‘facilitate’ their learning to ensure they are being prepared for participation in a global world (teachers need to be able to do this too). Will take movement in attitude and practise…
  • Interactive holograms will answer questions from students – e.g. Einstein will ‘be there’ in hologram form to respond to questions, engage with students.
  • Senior Leadership Team members will be ‘on board’ with e-developments in education.
  • Flexi-learning for students and teachers – will re-think time and space issues for education. A combination of online and f2f interaction between teachers and students – classrooms will assume different functions – will need appropriate equipment. The reality of cross-school teaching.